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CSPAN
Aug 15, 2009 2:15pm EDT
, are the jews in iraq? >> as of last count, there are all of eight. the new york times did a story last year saying there aren't even enough to hold a religious service. the remarkable thing is iraq used to have the largest jewish population in the middle east, 135,000 strong. now they are down to their last seven or eight. >> where were they? >> all over iraq. largest concentration was in baghdad. this was a striking figure what i can across it but after world war i or world war ii, 1 third of baghdad's population was jewish. much of the population lived around baghdad and this was the area we think of as babylon. there was another, far less known community of jews who lived up north in the mountain kurdish region. that is where my father family is from. >> your book is called "my father's paradise: a son's search for his jewish past in kurdish iraq". where exactly are your roots? what did your family do in kurdish iraq? >> my father grew up in a town which is five miles south of the turkish border. is very far north. the jews in iraq live pretty hard lives and have unusual jobs.
PBS
Aug 10, 2009 5:00pm EDT
northern iraq, while a string of nine blasts hits baghdad. the new wave of violence leaves some 50 dead. >>> the top american commander in afghanistan gives a gloomy accounting of the war after eight years saying the taliban have gained the upper hand. >>> preparing for the big one. japan is one of the most earthquake-prone country in the world. something tokyo was reminded of over the weekend. tonight, a look at how that city is preparing for the worst. >>> and china rising. our signature story looks at how all across africa, china is increasing its influence and its image. is that good or bad? >>> from the world's leading reporters and analysts, here is what's happening from around the world. this is "worldfocus." made possible, in part, by the following funders -- >>> good evening. i'm martin savidge. >>> we're going to begin tonight with iraq, where for months, the iraqi government and the u.s. have been sending the message that the security situation has steadily improved. american troops, 132,000 of them, are now in a support role. and in recent days the government has relaxed sec
WHUT
Aug 6, 2009 11:00pm EDT
we are pbs. >> rose: welcome to the broadcast, tonight we take a look at the future of iraq and the united states's mission there with alissa rubin and michael gordon both of the "new york times". and fred kagan of the american enterprise institute. >> one thing iran has done very well arguably better than the u.s. is it has had very strong ties to each of the political parties. it has, you will find the leaders of all the parties have visited iran. some of them have houses in tehran. there is a lot of links with the kurds, with obviously with the shiites, the iranians, most of them shiites and with the sunnis. so iran is a constant factor and in communication and very much on top of what is going on in iraq. will they influence it disproportionately is what we can't quite tell yet. >> in iraq after many long years of casualties and difficulties, there has been some success. and i think it's the goal now ought to be to consolidate that succeed ses and also to use what leverage we have to try to influence political developments in the right way and that involves arab issue but also i
WETA
Aug 10, 2009 5:30pm EDT
iraq, while a sing of ne blasts hits baghdad. the new ve of violence leaves me 50 dead. >>> the p american commander in afghanistanives a gloomy acunting of the war afte eight years sang the taliban have gained the upr hand. >>preparing for the big one. japan is one othe most earthquake-pro country in the world. something kyo was reminded of over the weekend. toght, a look at how that city is prepang for the worst. >>> and china risi. our signature story looks how all across africa, china is increasing its infence and its image. is that go or bad? >>> from the wld's leading repoers and analysts, heres what's happening from around the rld. this is "worfocus." madepossible, in part, by th following funder-- >>> good evening i'm martin savidge. >>> we're going to begin tonht with iraq, where foronths, the iraqi government and the u.s have been sending the messag that t security situation has steadilymproved. americanroops, 132,000 of them, are now in a supportole. and in recendays the vernment has relaxed securit in baghdad. but on again today, there was violence. wave of it killing
CSPAN
Aug 23, 2009 6:00am EDT
you'll see hear the region, the light area to the north and east. and iraq to the south and west. we have this middle area, that is roughly. we know what the green line -- that is an area that is disputed. it disputed. the empire between the arab and kurdish people of iraq. they have fought off and on. they have lived at peace at tim times. in the agreement that the kurds signed in 1970. reclaiming over and again, this is the evidence for it. you can create a list of that evidence. >> to be a part of because of the president evens of oil and gas which started to be exploited, the issue has become difficult. >> the federal government controls other parts. the line that divides the kurdish and iraqi troupes. you have check points. we will move past the check points and you freely cross into territory. not necessarily the kurdistan region. the resources have grown and i've seen the un i lateral steps there are two dimension that's are twoing to play this year. the second dimension is a regional one. they do not want an independent kurdistan. they want it to be weak and stable. they
CSPAN
Aug 19, 2009 6:00am EDT
are kurds outside of iraq, in turkey, iran, and syria. but in iran itself, there is a deep fault line that has existed really since the collapse of the ultimate empire between the arab and kurdish people of iraq. and they have fought off and on for almost a century. they have also lived at peace at times, reaching accords that eventually fell apart. since 1991 -- well, there was an autonomy agreement that the kurds signed with the regime, the baath regime, in 1970, and that came apart after five years. but after 1991, the kurds were able to reinvigorate their autonomous region and occupy the area that you see on the map, the white area. since then, it they have started to develop away from the shadow of the regime, in a way, and to bring some economic growth to the area, but for many years, until 2003, the kurts were very much restricted by the fact that their only excess was through neighboring states, turkey and iran, and these states had no interest in allowing the kurds to develop too far, because these countries opposed the emergence of the kurdish independent states in roqu
CNN
Aug 30, 2009 5:00pm EDT
out from iraq, a number of others, he had fascinating insights that seem particularly relevant in light of recent events. i won't give it all away, but as you are listening to this shrewd political observer, remember he also knows as much about finances as he does about international affairs. also on gps today a new interview with a chinese scholar on what china is really thinking about all that american debt is owns and how it is helping the u.s. with north korea. >>> finally an encore of a fascinating discussion on radical islam, the difference between fundamentalist and jihadis. it's a great show so let's get started. >>> and now james baker joins me from the baker institute for public policy at rice university in houston. welcome, secretary baker. >> thank you, fareed. it's a pleasure to be with you. >> president obama faces a unique set of challenges and set of problems. what is your basic sense, how is he doing? there has been some criticism and controversy, a feeling that he's facing greater hostility and challenges than perhaps people had expected given his charisma. >> i
WHUT
Aug 21, 2009 6:30pm EDT
-- khanate protect the country? -- security forces in iraq -- candidate protect the country? we revisit the baltic states that joined hands for freedom 20 years ago. hello to you. it was outrageous, disgusting, said a white house spokesman. president obama said it was objectionable himself. libya mounted a warm welcome for the man convicted of the lockerbie bombing. terminally ill, abdelbaset ali al-megrahi was freed on compassionate grounds. the government is rejecting suggestions the real reason was to smooth commercial relations with libya. christian frazier reports from tripoli. >> this is certainly how libya wanted this trade -- but how much damage to this celebration of al-megrahi due to the relationship with the outside world? he was welcomed home like a decorated soldier. scottish plaids weighed in jubilation. today, the government kept us away from his family, but we did speak to his brother in law. >> we are saddened by the tragedy of lockerbie and the people who lost their children. but i assure you -- he is innocent. if you could see him now, you would realize it is impossible h
CSPAN
Aug 25, 2009 5:00pm EDT
forcing the border with iraq? any news on that? >> let me check. i do not think so. our position on that is similar, that we have been trying to get consular access, to get more confirmation. their families are very concerned about their welfare. >> is it that they are not giving any answers, or what? >> we have been able to get consular access to the first embassy, and i do not think we have got much information. >> in terms of them being harassed enough, is anyone in touch with you? people are being harassed in australia. >> in baghdad, they have had a crisis between iraq and syria. do you have any comments on that? >> this is something that happened today? i have not seen it. let's look into it. >> we have a report out of vienna saying that iran has not expanded the number of centrifuges it has in britain uranium. do you believe that is correct, that they have not increased the number of services? if so, dieppe any sense of why? >> there are a very deep-seated concerns about uranium enrichment activities. it is what the highest priorities of this administration that we -- is one
PBS
Aug 19, 2009 5:00pm EDT
and iraq. more than 5,000 american troops have died in those two countries since troops were deployed to afghanistan in the fall of 2001 and iraq in the spring of 2003. and hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent but all these years later neither country tonight seems especially secure. we'll take you to afghanistan in a moment. there was more violence there today on the eve of national elections. but we begin tonight in iraq with a story that by now is familiar. once again today a series of bombings in baghdad killed dozens of iraqis. it was the worst incident. the latest violence in iraq, that's our "lead focus" tonight. itn's carl dinnen takes us there. >> reporter: this is the first big test of iraq's new security regime. two months arch u.s. forces centers, the insurgents have made a deadly attack on baghdad. one explosion was felt by a conference of tribal chiefs meeting at a supposedly secure hotel. this was the moment. as the dust and debris fell from the ceiling, some hurriedly left the room, others started defing religious slogans. the target had been the ne
WETA
Aug 19, 2009 5:30pm EDT
you were hring outf afghanistan and iraq. more tha5,000 american trps have die in those two countries nce troops were ployed to afghanistan in the fall of 2001 and iraq in e spring of 2003. and huneds of billions of dollars have been ent but all the years later neher country tonighseems especially secu. we'll take youo afanistan in a moment. there was more vience there day on t eve ofational elecons. buwe begin tonight in iraq with a story that by now is familiar. oncegain today a series of bombings in baghdad killed dons of iraqis. it was the worst incident. the latest violce in iraq, that's our "lead focus" tonight. n's carl dinnen takes us there. >> repter: this is the fir big test of iraq's new security regime. tw months arch u.s. forces centers, the insurgent have made a deadly aack onbaghdad. one exploon was felt b a nference of tribal chiefs meeting at a supposedly secur hotel. this was the moment. as the dust and debris fe from the ceiling some hurriedly left the room, others srted defing rigious slogans. the taret had been the nearby foreignministry. the blast was a
ABC
Aug 2, 2009 6:00pm EDT
those three americans seized by iran. who are they? what were they doing in northern iraq? >>> mystery solved. a pilot shot down on the first night of the first iraq war. 18 years later, his family gets word. >>> end of the road. the obama administration is now warning the popular cash for clunkers program lightly scrapped without some quick cash. >>> and felony franks. the new controversial hot dog stands staffed by ex-cons, giving them a second chance. they say the food's so good it's criminal. captions paid for by abc, inc. >>> tonight, three americans remain in custody in iran. they were hiking in a region the state department has long warned as perilous, recommending against all but essential travel, saying iraq remains dangerous and unpredictable. tonight, those three americans are get a painful lesson in just how unpredictable. they're being held somewhere in iran. tonight, efforts to get word from iranian authorities are not going well. here's our senior foreign correspondent jim sciutto. >> reporter: these are the three americans now prisoners in iran. shayne bauer from minnes
PBS
Aug 21, 2009 5:30pm EDT
rarely enforced. security officials in iraq have been holding emergency meetings to review security. very much on their minds after wednesday's explosion that killed more than 100 people and injured hundreds. from baghdad, our correspondent. >> it was the worst violence baghdad had seen in months. it killed and injured hundreds. three days on, some are still believed to be trapped in the rubble of the foreign ministry. iraq and prime minister -- iraq's prime minister blamed it on al-qaeda and the former reds team of saddam hussein. there has been an apparent increase in violence as u.s. forces left iraqi cities in june. at despite that, general petraeus told the bbc he did not anticipate sending troops back into urban areas. >> the iraqi security forces are vastly more capable. very significant numbers of various types of special operations forces that can carry out the kinds of targets operations against what really are now much more terrorist elements, if you will, then large insurgent groups, given that many of the sunni era part of the population has sided with the new in iraq.
CSPAN
Aug 24, 2009 7:00am EDT
to 1990 and the iran/iraq war as my case studies and what i try to show in the chapter that i devote to this is that the superpowers for reasons that, you know, may have seemed perfectly good in washington or in moscow, in fact, were using these conflicts as means to get at one another. in the case of arab/israeli conflict started in the 1960s. before that the united states and the soviet union were on the same day and 1948 both supported israel. 1976 both supported egypt. they were in conflict with one another but the conflict had not yet become polarized along cold war lines in the '40s and '50s. that is what is, in fact, happened. both sides were getting first-line weapons from their superpower patrons. the war of attrition, the war that was fought after the '67 was infinitely more destructive in terms of the sheer destructive power of the weaponry used. the 1973 war involved one of the largest tank battles in history, the largest tank battle since korsk and very, very extensive damage. my point here is that these conflicts in the region were, in fact, made much worse by the way i
PBS
Aug 1, 2009 12:00am EDT
>>> tonight on "worldfocus" -- >>> in iraq, friday prayers turned deadly as bombs explode near five shiite mosques in baghdad killing more than two dozen worshipers. >>> china eases its one-child per family policy. tonight we look at why the most populist country in the world is suddenly worried how fast its population is aging. >>> in britain its court has ruled it is legal for a husband to kill its wife. tonight we look at the case that weighs life, death and love. >>> and from the studios that brought you such music legends, as the beatles, get ready for the next singing sensation, the pope. >>> from the world's leading reporters and analysts, here is what's happening from around the world. this is "worldfocus." made possible, in part, by the follow funders -- >>> good evening, i'm martin savidge. >>> for u.s. troops and iraqi civilians, this has been one of the least, that's right, least deadly months since the war in iraq began six years ago. in fact, a senior u.s. military officer has broken ranks with its superiors and president obama saying it's time for the united states to
WETA
Aug 21, 2009 6:00pm EDT
-- security forces in a rock -- khanate protect e country? -- security forces i iraq -- candidate protect the untry? we revis the baltic states that joined nds for freedom 20 years ago. hello to you. it was outrageous, disgusting, said a white house spokesn. presidt oba saidt was jectionable himself. libya mount a warm welcome r the man cnvicted of the lockerbie mbing. terminally ill, aelbaset ali al-megrahi was freed on compassione grounds. the government is rejecting suggestions the real reason s to smooth commerciarelations with libya. christiafrazier reports from troli. >> thiss certainly ho libya wanted this trade -- but how much damage to th celebration of al-megrahi due to the relaonship with the outside world? he was welmed home like a decorated soldier. scottish plaids wehed in jubilaon. today, the goverent kept us away from his family, but we d speak to his brother in law. >> we are saddenedy the agedy of lockerbie and the people who lost their childn. but i assure you -- he is innocent. if you uld see him now, you would realize it is impossie he cou do it. >> tt is not
CNN
Aug 30, 2009 1:00pm EDT
health care so early in his presidency might be politically risky. the pullout from iraq and others, he had insight that seemed particularly relevant in light of recent ooents. i won't give it all away, but as you're listening to this observer, note he knows about politics as well as diplomacy. he's been secretary of the state, secretary of the treasury and has run two campaigns to boot. also on gps today a new interview on china's scholar, where china is thinking about the debt it owns and how it's helping north korea. >>> the difference between fundamentalists and jihadists. who poses the real threat? it's a great show. let's get started. >>> and now james baker joins me from the baker institute of public policy at rice university in houston. welcome, secretary baker. >> thank you fareed it's a pleasure to be with you. >> president obama faces a unique set of challenges, a unique set of problems. what is your basic sense? how is he doing? there has been some criticism and controversy of feeling that he's facing greater hostility and challenges than perhaps people had expected give
CSPAN
Aug 20, 2009 6:00am EDT
iraq was occupying everybody's attention, i think afghanistan suffered, not just because there wasn't enough money there, there weren't enough troops there. ultmeatally people weren't paying enough attention to be able to correct course when things were going wrong. i think the best thing that has ham side not what the white paper says about a change in strategy tis actually there are a lot of people paying attention and that there are going to have their legacies riding on what happens here. >> yes, sir. >> taking you back to the election tomorrow, you mentioned in your comments, trends in afghanistan are heading in the wrong direction, whether on the security front or other areas. can you say to what extent and in what way if the election would contribute to turning the general trends around? >> i think that is to be determined. as alex laid out, we have a series of things that will happen inment next six weeks, some of of which we'll know tomorrow, some a week after that and some a week or two after that. this could go in one of three scenarios alex laid out. all of those have thei
FOX News
Aug 20, 2009 4:00am EDT
? and terrorists coordinate a series of bombings in baghdad in the deadliest day of the year for iraq, and just one day ahead of afghanistan's elections, the taliban signals it will put up a fight of its own. all that plus the all-star panel, right here, right now. welcome to washington. i'm bret baier. president obama's push to speed healthcare reform through congress has hit plenty of speed bumps this summer. today, the white house was trying to regroup in some pretty fast company. senior white house correspondent major garrett reports one option on the table, going it alone. >> president obama celebrated all things nascar with last year's sprint cup champion, jimmie johnson, and even his aides say his healthcare package isn't stalled and can still be won. >> the discussion is not over. >> house minority whip eric cantor agrees the debate is not over but says the president is spinning his wheels. >> what i really see right now is a white house in chaos over healthcare. >> mr. obama's chief of staff, rahm emanuel, told "the new york times" today the republican leadership believes kil
CBS
Aug 16, 2009 11:00am EDT
this week in defense news. iraq, afghanistan, pakistan, congress and the future of defense spending and the review are among the topics we will discuss today with our four distinguished defense journalists. on our panel are rick mays, congressional editor of army times publishing company. ryan bener the pentagon reporter for the "boston globe." john barry the national security correspondent for news week and deputy chief editor. welcome to the show. let's start off with iraq. the security situation there was assumed to be improving and so u.s. forces could do an aggressive pullout and some suggested that schedule to be accelerated to be out of iraq by 2011. security situation there is a little bit rougher. brian, any chance that u.s. forces will stay there beyond 2011? >> i think there are clear signs in the last couple of weeks there are ethnic tensions, very strong ones still simmering just beneath the surface and growing concern that could come out into the open. certainly there are extremists that are trying to stoke those fires again. and certainly the u.s. military expresses c
FOX News
Aug 22, 2009 2:00pm EDT
afghanistan as the contrast to war in iraq and america has to win. he has the political capital to eare cyst his left flank urging to get out of afghanistan as if 911 never happened. >> should there be a new surge, iraq style in afghanistan? >> the question is surge to achieve what? we have to be realistic about the mission in afghanistan. anyone who has been to afghanistan as i have twice knows it's different country from civilization like iriraq. it's as poor as west africa. you can't talk about rebui rebuilding afghanistan. it's a building operation. i don't think we can terribly optimistic about the prospect for afghanistan becoming a modern democracy in the short run and by that the next couple of decades. what is the mission there? the mission is prevent afghanistan becoming safe haven for terrorists. that can be done without terribly large commitm of u.s. forces. >> you're in a very, very long haul. >> small number of forces. long haul but not a lot of troops there. >> i would like to talk about the politics of this. and take issue with one thing that bret said, which is that the pres
PBS
Aug 18, 2009 5:00pm EDT
security for villages. >> but this was a strategy that seemed to work well in iraq. >> iraq, the question is still open, but in iraq, one major difference is that in fact, the shaikhs approached the united states. it wasn't that the united states said, hey, everybody who wants to be paid, we're look for people to help us. instead it was a move that rose up organically in the sunni areas and they said, we want u.s. help. will you help us? but biggest danger here and it's still an open question in iraq as well, is that if you don't have a strong national army that's not the set by militia kinds of identifications you may never have real security in the country that allows economic development to go forward. so i'm doubtful about the long-term consequences for the policy in iraq as well. it's not been in place for more than a year or two in iraq yet. >> kimberly marten, a lot of ground to cover. thank you very much for joining us and helping us. >> thank you, martin, my pleasure. >>> one other note about the election. we wanted to direct you to our website, worldfocus.org, where you can read
NBC
Aug 3, 2009 4:30am EDT
shot down in iraq on january 17th, 1991. the very first night of the first gulf war. >> there's been a single american aircraft lost. >> reporter: for nearly 20 years, neither his family nor the military knew what happened to navy pilot captain michael "scott" speicher. but on sunday came closure. speicher's remains have finally been found in the iraqi desert near the wreckage of his plane, thanks to an iraqi citizen who led american officials to his buried body. the military initially declared speicher killed, but the lack of remains led the pentagon to change his status to missing in action, and missing captured when investigators discovered what looked like the initials m.s.s. scratched into the wall of an iraqi prison. but it now appears speicher died in the crash. it also appears iraqis discovered his remains and gave him a burial not far from this f/a-18 pilot. he was a 33-year-old lieutenant commander with a wife and two talked hers. now his rank is captain and his children are college-ageded. in his hometown of jacksonville, fl foreman, the action was bittersweet. >> i'm just
ABC
Aug 2, 2009 6:30pm EDT
saying he where thin ctaap went his rai b by tribesmen in the desert of west central iraq. that is where they found the remains. >> every family wants to know and move on. >> we understand the family will be getting a classified briefing from the military either tomorrow or tuesday. the family put out a statement which read, "we will bringing him home." >>> after a stormy morning, the sun finally came out this evening. have we seen the last of the storms? we have the first check of our forecast. >> we have been monitoring storms in the weather center all that long. it looks like last othe s rme inshs g down thein psula p. nothing around the immediate lopressive rain totals. about.5he i 1ins nc hein virgin, and at george washington university, two-thirds of an inch. take a look at what we expect for the upcoming evening. we look for a gradual clearing, warm and humid conditions, and temperatures near 70 degrees. coming up we will look at extended outlook. we have a warming trend and a bit of a cool down. it will fill a lot like summer. >> will check back with you. >>> there will be
FOX News
Aug 3, 2009 7:00pm EDT
they entered iraq in turkey stayed in northern iraq for a couple of days and headed toward a resort area. that's where officials say the three americans went on a hike, got lost and wandered into american territory a fourth friend was supposed to be with them on that hike but stayed behind because he said he was sick. he says he got a call from the group just last week. they said they were in iran and surrounded by iranian troops. since then, only a few bits of information about what happened to the hikers. today, the u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton said the state department is going through diplomatic back channels but stopped short of accusing the iranians of any wrongdoing. >> obviously we are concerned. we want this matter brought to a resolution as soon as possible. help us determine the whereabouts of the whereabouts of the three missing missing americans and returned them as quickly as possible. >> secretary clinton not surprising over the relationship iran over the last 30 years. "the fox report" chief correspondent jonathan hunt in new york. we are hearing a bit fro
CNN
Aug 2, 2009 8:00am EDT
. defense officials say his remains have been found in iraq and they have positively identified him. we're covering this breaking story for you from all angles. we want to start from our pentagon correspondent who has been taking us through the story. on the phone with us this morning. and barbara, start here from the top. how did this come about after 18 years we now know what happened? >> well, t.j., this is just an extraordinary story. what the u.s. military tells us is in early july, an iraqi citizen in western iraq came to them and said there was a location that u.s. forces needed to go to and he believed that was the crash site and the place where scott spiker was buried. u.s. marines in the province went to the location, which was believed to be the crash site, the iraqi citizen told the u.s. he knew of two others who were called, seen an american jet hit the desert floor on the night of january 17th, 1991, and that veterans had buried the pilot of that plane in the desert. so the marines very quietly, no one knew this was going on over the last several days had gone to this site, d
CSPAN
Aug 8, 2009 2:00am EDT
the university in cairo. before becoming deputy speaker, he was the chairman of a commission in iraq and has published numerous articles and books on jurisprudence and islamic law and has edited several scholarly publications. khalid al-atiya has lived in egypt, lebanon, the u.k., and of course now in iraq. i did not introduce myself. i am a fellow. our moderator is familiar to everyone. without further ado, i will invite khalid al-atiya to take the microphone and to speak about iraq and the parliament in iraq. thank you. >> peace upon you from god. at first i would like to thank you for this beautiful introduction. and without a doubt, she is a very distinguished iraqi personality who has played a big role in the iraqi opposition. and represented iraq as the first ambassador after the fall of the previous regime in washington. and she is still connected -- very connected with her own country and aware of what is going on in iraq. i also would like to thank the united states institute for peace for their generous invitation to meet with people who are interested in the iraq matter. a
CNN
Aug 23, 2009 12:00pm EDT
iraq, and despite a relatively smooth presidential election, an assessment from the top u.s. general in afghanistan, the situation there is deteriorating. we'll map out the challenges, discuss polls for more u.s. troops, michael mullen, and u.s. ambassador to afghanistan. >>> the president is off for a vineyard vacation. >> recent setbacks won't cut back his call for recent changes this year. >> my obligation to the american people says that we're going to get this done one way or another. >> we'll assess the policy and political hurdles in the senate with republican richard lugar and joe liberman and democrat joe harden. >>> and then our american dispatch from ft. riley, kansas, off to war again. the soldiers and families of the first infantry division take another turn in the army cycle of family strain. >>> this is the "state of the union" report for sunday, august 23rd. >>> karzai and his challenger are claiming victory, raising tensions even though it could be weeks or more before the official results are certified. it is an uncertain military situation, as well, with fighting b
WHUT
Aug 1, 2009 7:00pm EDT
to indian security. >>> "amazingly different" is the way that secretary gates described iraq during a recent visit. he praised the security situation after seeing how the american troops are adapting to their non-combat role. we have this report from baghdad. >> robert gates came to iraq to hear firsthand how the 130,000 soldiers or adapting to their new, supporting role in the country. they are taking their cue from the iraqi commanders. they are shifting their focus from combat training. >> between now and the end of 2011, all u.s. troops are scheduled to depart iraq. we have a number of important milestones to achieve. that includes bear, and secure elections, and a national government, and continued drawdown of u.s. forces leading to a change of mission in august of 2010. >> august of 2010 is when the pentagon wants a complete stop to u.s. combat missions in iraq. robert gates hailed the progress being made towards a more secure existence since his first visit to the country. that was in 2006, at the height of the sectarian violence. it nearly tore the country apart. today, iraq
ABC
Aug 3, 2009 4:30am EDT
the border from iraq straight into an international incident. >>> finally found, the remains of the first u.s. casualty of the persian gulf war have been recovered in iraq. michael scott speicher's family waited 18 years. >>> and extreme caution. amid signs of economic recovery. but the obama administration isn't saying the tax hikes are but the obama administration isn't saying the tax hikes are off the table. captions paid for by abc, inc. >>> good morning. thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm andrea canning filling in for jeremy hubbard. there are intense diplomatic efforts to learn more about the fate of three americans being held in iran. >>> they were captured after hiking in a dangerous region on the border between iraq and iran. abc's sonia gallego is in london with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the families of the americans are still coming to terms with the news of their capture. and their arrest comes at a time of increased strain between iranian and the u.s. governments. the three, shane bauer from minnesota, a freelance journalist
PBS
Aug 21, 2009 5:00pm EDT
? what comes next? the ongoing security nightmare in iraq. at least three more people were killed in a bombing at a market near baghdad today. and then controversial decision to let that libyan man convicted in the bombing of pan an flight 103 go home to die. why were the obama administration's protests ignored? joining us this week are charles sennott. he is the executive editor and vice president of "globalpost." and dagmar aalund. she is the deputy international editor of "the wall street journal." welcome to the two of you. >> thank you. >> all right, let's start with afghanistan. a lot of american money, a lot of american lives was invested in making this election possible. very low turnout. and then you had the president hamid karzai who claims it was a great success. charlie, was this really a success? are we to believe that? >> it was a success but it didn't go as bad as many it feared it might. i think that in the end of the day, this elect had two things happening. it was a political contest. and we all sort of know where this ends. it's going to end with karzai re-elected
CSPAN
Aug 7, 2009 10:00am EDT
deputy speaker, he was the chairman of a commission in iraq and has published numerous articles and books on jurisprudence and islamic law and has edited several scholarly publications. khalid al-atiya has lived in egypt, lebanon, the u.k., and of course now in iraq. i did not introduce myself. i am a fellow. our moderator is familiar to everyone. without further ado, i will invite khalid al-atiya to take the microphone and to speak about iraq and the parliament in iraq. thank you. >> peace upon you from god. at first i would like to thank you for this beautiful introduction. and without a doubt, she is a very distinguished iraqi personality who has played a big role in the iraqi opposition. and represented iraq as the first ambassador after the fall of the previous regime in washington. and she is still connected -- very connected with her own country and aware of what is going on in iraq. i also would like to thank the united states institute for peace for their generous invitation to meet with people who are interested in the iraq matter. at first i would like to bring backed the
NBC
Aug 2, 2009 8:00am EDT
mission over iraq in the gulf war. now, the defense department is confirming they have found and identified had his remains coming up. >>> and the latest on three american hikers detained in iraq accused of crossing the border illegally. what will happen to them and where are they? we will get answers in just a few minutes. >>> a showdown at the world swimming championships, michael phelps against the serbian swimmer who thought he had beaten him in the beijing olympic committees only to find out phelps touched the wall first in .01 of a second. we will show you the finish and get their reaction next. >>> also meet another swimmer also break records and winning gold after suddenly losing the use of her legs. we are going to meet her and hear her inspiring story in just a few minutes. >>> first, that breaking story this morning. the defense department has solved a mystery from the first gulf war. nbc's pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski is here with the story. mick, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lester. 18 years after he was shut down on the first day of the first
HLN
Aug 2, 2009 5:00pm EDT
>>> the mystery surrounding a missing gulf war fighter pilot shot down in iraq in 1991 has been solved. has the military tracked down the remains of captain michael "scott" speicher. >>> a massachusetts couple discovers their baby boy posted for sale on a craigslist ad. how the examer got his photo. >>> dozens of toledo cops who lost their jobs over budget cuts are returning to work. how the city plans to pay for it. >>> and back to school season may mean a resurgence of swine flu. hear what federal officials want to do to help keep it in check. hi, you're watching "hln" news and views. i'm natasha curry. >>> the remains of the first american pilot shot down over iraq during the 1991 persian gulf war are finally back home. navy captain michael "scott" speicher disappeared when his plane went down over anbar province on the first night of the war. his remains have now been recovered and positively identified. the discovery should end years of speculation that speicher actually survived and was held captive. >> it is a bittersweet ending. i mean, it is great that we have finally a
HLN
Aug 2, 2009 7:00am EDT
being detained in iran. iran state-run media reports the americans crossed the border from iraq illegally. they were part of a group of hikers, apparently. a fourth hiker stayed in iraq because he felt sick. that is what the reports are. senior state department officials say they believe it. they believe the report. one of the americans detained is from pennsylvania and his mother spoke to cnn about her son. >> my husband and i are eager for the best welfare and conditions for our son josh and for the other two companions he's with. and that is our only concern, his welfare and and best conditions for him. >> we, of course, will bring you the latest information. the fourth hiker is at the u.s. embassy in baghdad. >>> to canada where a stage collapsed in the middle of an outdoor music festival killing one person. police say 15 other people were injured at big valley jam boree in alberta. a storm quickly rolled in while some 15,000 people were watching the festival yesterday. the crowd started to evacuate. that is when the stage came crashing down. police say emergency services he
CBS
Aug 9, 2009 10:30am EDT
percent of that. so, yo, you know, afghan stay le different from, a lot different from iraq, for one thing, afghanistan is the place along with the pakistan border that the attackers were trained and harbored, that hit us on 9/11. we took our eye off that ball when we went to iraq but now we have our eye on that border, and we cannot allow that border to become a safe haven again, and something else is very significant in afghanistan. and that is that the afghan army is cohesive, they are motivated, they hate the taliban, and so they have the moat/note administration necessary, what they don't have are the numbers yet, they have got a much, much better and quick training of the afghan army, because i think we have got to transfer this responsibility as quickly as we can to the afghans. >> senator graham, want that? what about when we put our eye back on that area along the border? what is going to need to be done there and how far do you think congress is going to be willing to go? >> well, your question was, what would congress doive president said we needed more troops in afgha
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